Katucha Bento

Katucha Bento


I am a sociologist dedicated in disrupting and challenging all forms of social discrimination. My engagement in discussing social justice and equality permeates my scientific, professional and activist trajectory. I graduated in Sociology and Politics at the Foundation School of Sociology and Politics in Sao Paulo (FESPSP), with an anthropological research about racism in samba parties. The research pointed at the myth of racial democracy in Brazil as a mask for racist social interactions that happen in the festive atmosphere. 

In the University of Barcelona (UB), I studied a MSc in Sociology. My research explored the discursive dimension of women who self identify as white, lesbians and Spanish living in Barcelona to interpret the construction of desire for other women. I analysed how whiteness delimitated desire through the representation of the “Other” women, in a sense to understand the production of difference and privilege.

What motivated me to undertake PhD study?

My insistence in challenging social norms and the shackles of colonialism are important factors that keep me curious to develop research, engage critically in the difficult conversations about how we will ‘emancipate ourselves from mental slavery’.  In order to develop a dialogue about Black feminism, coloniality, diaspora and national identity, I travelled all the way from Brazil to come to be supervised by Shirley Anne Tate, an expert in these topics.

Research interests

This research is funded by the Brazilian Ministry of Education - Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES).

This research discusses the affective economy in the lives of Black Brazilian women who live in the United Kingdom. I address to affect as part of what circulates in the ways identifications and social encounters happen situated in particular standpoints (lugar de fala). The Herstories of the Black Brazilian women show how there is a Brits-Brazilian Racial Contract affecting their process of making home and belonging in their diasporic experience. These Herstories reveal that oppressions, agency and liberation are lived individually and also shared by the commonalities that resistance and coloniality of power enact. This shows that the affective economy disrupts binary understands of how Blackness and being Black means. Instead, it complicates the narratives and the analysis of multiple possibilities of performing Black and Blackness, using dis-identifications processes (being Amefricaladina) as a systemic denial of the place that coloniality allocated to Black women. 

Research Interests:

  • Critical Race Studies (Race and Ethnicity and the intersectionality with gender, class, national identity, language)
  • Black Feminism
  • Decolonial Thought
  • Rhetoric and Discourse Analysis


I participated as researcher in the following projects:

“Representations and practices in the feminization of transsexual women processes”.  University of Barcelona. Supervision: Professor Óscar Guasch-Andreu.

“Framing Attitudes towards Migration and Asylum”. University Pompeu Fabra (Spain) and University of Cambridge (UK). Supervision: Dr. Enric Martínez and Dr. Thomas J. Miley.

“Trabalhadores, comunidade e associativismo popular em São Paulo e Buenos Aires (1945-1978)” (Workers, community and popular associationism in Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires (1945-1978)). Supervisor: Professor Paulo Fontes.


My experiences as a teacher are:

  • University of Leeds – currently a Teaching Fellow, supervising UG and MA students
  • University Guarulhos (UNG) in Scientific Methods – teacher and PGR supervisor
  • Solidary Alphabetization (Alfasol): training teachers using Paulo Freire’s theory/ philosophy
  • National Service of Commercial Learning (SENAC) “Educational Program for Work” (Programa Educação para o Trabalho) and “Apprentice Program” (Programa Aprendiz).


Bento, K. 2017. Weaving Brazilian Blackness in the United Kingdom: Nation, Raceand Migration. Graduate Journal of Social Science. October 2017, Vol. 13 (1), pp. 17–36. Available from: https://goo.gl/fkTmNn

Bento, K. and Beresford, J. 2017.Affirmative Actions for Indigenous Peoples in Brazilian Universities and Ethnology Studies from a Dialogical Perspective: An Interview with Clarice Cohn. Graduate Journal of Social Science. October 2017, Vol. 13 (1), pp. 37–47. Available from: https://goo.gl/Yq7Sz4

Bento, K. 2016. “Invasoras” do Reino Unido: Reenquadrando discursos de colonialidade nas vozes de mulheres negras brasileiras imigrantes. Ponto-e-Vírgula : Revista de Ciências Sociais, [S.l.], n. 18, pp. 21-28. Available from: https://goo.gl/9s8P6Q

BENTO, K. R. 2013. “Theoretical Dimensions of Intersectionality: Gender, Race, Sexuality and Nationality”. Academic Seminar of APEC (Association of Brazilian Researchers and Students in 18th Catalonia): Desafios Contemporâneos: Ciências, Culturas e Tecnologias em Tempos de Crise (Barcelona, Spain, July 2013).

BENTO, K. R. 2012. “Está na cor da pele?: Uma discussão sobre raça em Barcelona”. Academic Seminar of APEC (Association of Brazilian Researchers and Students in 17thCatalonia): Entre o Atlântico e o Mediterrâneo: 20 Anos de Intercâmbios e Saberes (Barcelona, Spain, June 2012).

BENTO, K. R. (2009) “O ‘ser sexy’: Classificações de gênero, raça e sexualidade nas ruas de São Paulo” (To ‘be sexy’: Classifications of gender, race and sexuality on the streets of Sao Paulo. Anthropology Meeting of Mercosur: "Diversidad y poder en América Latina" (Buenos Aires, Argentina, september 2009).